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2017 Home Run Daily Awards: Comeback Player Of The Year

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The 2017 World Series is right around the corner, which means that the baseball season will sadly soon be over. Fortunately, we have the MLB Awards to look forward to in  November after the playoffs finish up. Here at Home Run Daily, we’ve already given you our predictions for the Manager of the Year Award and Rookie of the Year Award. Now, it’s time to find out who we all think will win the Comeback Player of the Year Award in each league.

American League

Top Candidates: Mike Moustakas- Kansas City, Luis Severino- New York, Craig Kimbrel- Boston 

Votes: Matthew (@Flat_Manigen74): Mike Moustakas, Anthony (@AnthonyDiMoro): Luis Severino, Seth (@somebostonfan): Mike Moustakas, Me (@MikeAddvensky): Mike Moustakas

Mike Moustakas is the winner, with three votes out of four.

After winning the World Series with the Kansas City Royals in 2015, Moustakas missed the majority of the 2016 season due to a torn ACL in his right knee. He only played in 27 games before getting hurt. Moustakas had a nice comeback season this year. The Royals third baseman batted .272 with 38 home runs and 85 RBIs in 148 games. Moustakas also had a .521 slugging percentage this season, the highest percentage he’s ever had in his career.

Moustakas was voted to the American League All Star team this year for the second time in his career. He also participated in the Home Run Derby, but was eliminated by Miguel Sano of the Minnesota Twins in the first round.

His contract with the Royals is now up, so Moustakas will be a free agent this offseason. The way he performed this season, plenty of teams should be lining up to try and sign him.

National League 

Top Candidates: Ryan Zimmerman- Washington, Andrew McCutchen- Pittsburgh, Zack Greinke- Arizona 

Votes: Matthew (@Flat_Manigen74): Ryan Zimmerman, Anthony (@AnthonyDiMoro): Andrew McCutchen, Seth (@somebostonfan): Ryan Zimmerman, Me (@MikeAddvensky): Ryan Zimmerman,

Washington Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman (11), watches his second solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies at Nationals Park, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Just like Moustakas, Zimmerman wins with three votes out of four.

Although Zimmerman did not suffer a season-ending injury during the 2016 season, he did have to spend some time on the disabled list. The Washington Nationals first baseman still ended up playing in 115 games, but he hit just .218 with 15 homers and 46 RBIs. It was definitely not his best season. However, Zimmerman had a great bounce-back season in 2017. In a Nationals lineup full of big hitters such as Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy and Jayson Werth, Zimmerman managed to stand out. In 144 games, he batted .303 with 36 home runs and 108 RBIs.

Zimmerman had never hit over 35 homers in a season before this year. He also topped 100 RBIs for the third time in his career. Zimmerman’s stellar performance in 2017 earned him a spot on the National League All Star team for just the second time in his career. He helped the Nationals win the NL East for the second straight year, but they ended up losing to the Chicago Cubs in the National League Division Series.

Be sure to stay tuned for more HR Daily Awards!

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2019 Trade Deadline Highlights

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In a shocking, last-minute deal, Zack Greinke has a new home (CBS Sports).

This year’s Trade Deadline in the MLB wasn’t as boisterous as previous seasons and might rank as one of the less-exciting ones in history. There was still a good number of high-profile moves, however, and a few big names went on to new homes. Here’s a look at the more notable acquisitions of July 31, 2019 and how they will impact the teams that got the big returns.

Blue Jays trade RHP Marcus Stroman to Mets in exchange for RHP Anthony Kay, RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson

The move that unofficially kicked off trading season was a bit of a head scratcher. It had long been rumored that Toronto was shopping ace Marcus Stroman, but the team he ended up with isn’t exactly a contender. The Mets are currently four games under .500 and may not be vying for the postseason in 2019. The move is likely another part of the Mets rebuilding process, and since Noah Syndergaard stayed put, New York may have a formidable rotation next season.

Indians acquire LHP Scott Moss, OF Yasiel Puig from Reds and OF Franmil Reyes, LHP Logan Allen and IF Victor Nova from Padres, Padres acquire OF Taylor Trammell from Reds, Indians acquire Reds acquire RHP Trevor Bauer from Indians

The literal biggest trade of the day was a this three-team blockbuster. Trevor Bauer firing the ball over the center field wall on Sunday after he was pulled in the fifth inning ended up being the last pitch he threw in an Indians uniform. A day later the Tribe rid itself of his petulance and pulled off a massive trade with intrastate rival Cincinnati as well as San Diego that saw Bauer go to the Reds and Reds top prospect Taylor Tramell go to the Friars. Cleveland received a host of players from both teams, most namely Yasiel Puig, who is ironically also known as a prima donna.

Though Bauer is undeniably talented when he keeps his act together and bolsters the Reds attempts to trend upward, San Diego may have won the trade with Tramell, MLB’s no. 30 overall prospect.

Rays acquire 1B Jesus Aguilar from Brewers in exchange for RHP Jacob Faria

Milwaukee was certainly brewing before the Deadline and made a commendable effort to improve its pitching. GM David Stearns’ most notable move was a straight swap with the Rays that brought back righty Jacob Faria in exchange for power hitting 1B Jesus Aguilar. Aguilar is having a down year but has proven many times that he can be deadly. He gives the Rays the big bat they’ve been seeking in their hunt for a Wild Card berth.

It’s a good move for both sides because it clears Milwaukee’s infield logjam and gives the team another quality starter. Faria never quite broke out in Tampa Bay but a change of scenery always has potential to pay dividends. After having already gotten Jordan Lyles from Pittsburgh on Monday, the Brewers made another move and got Drew Pomeranz from San Fransisco later on Wednesday. Though none of the returns are big name guys, Milwaukee is serious about making another run after coming so close last year.

Cubs acquire OF Nicholas Castellanos from Tigers in exchange for RHP Alex Lange and RHP Paul Richan.

The Cubs made their chances of taking the NL Central back even better with this move. Nicholas Castellanos has been one of the MLB’s more underrated players in recent years, largely because he was on the Tigers after the team’s glory days of the early 2010s ended. Adding him to a lineup that already includes Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras and Javier Baez gives the Cubbies even more firepower, especially given Castellanos success vs. lefty pitchers. It’s also a great move for him personally as he gets to join a contending team at last. The Cubs are vying to appear in the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season, and their chances look pretty good.

Astros acquire RHP Zack Greinke from Diamondbacks in exchange for RHP Corbin Martin, RHP JB Bukauskas, IF Josh Rojas and IF Seth Beer

If Houston was scary good before this trade, they’re terrifyingly good now. The Astros just added Zack Greinke to a rotation that already includes Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole in a last-minute deal that wasn’t announced until after the deadline officially passed. Arizona received a package of four minor leaguers in return as the team is now officially in the rebuilding process.

Like Verlander, Greinke is in the second half of his thirties but has not declined at all and owned a 10-4 record with a 2.90 on a sub-par Diamondbacks team at the time of his departure. The six-time All-Star’s presence gives Houston the best rotation in baseball by far and should get the knees of any upcoming opponent knocking. The MLB said it best on Instagram today, “Facing Houston? You have a problem.”

Notable non-moves:

  • After being heavily rumored as top targets, Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard and Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner are still members of their longtime teams.
  • The Boston Red Sox, whose bullpen has blown 18 saves, made no moves to improve its relief core, to the amazement of the team’s fanbase.
  • The New York Yankees were thought to be Syndergaard’s top suitor, but the team did not acquire any starting pitching to aid Aaron Boone’s struggling rotation.

What was the biggest move of the deadline this year? Be sure to let us know on Twitter @HomeRunDaily.

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Athletics Acquire Tanner Roark

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Tanner Roark

The Oakland Athletics have acquired right hander Tanner Roark from the Cincinnati Reds, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

As part of the deal, outfielder Jamerson Hannah will be heading to Cincinnati, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser, the Reds will pick up $2.1 million of Roark’s remaining salary.

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Astros Acquire Martin Maldonado

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The Houston Astros have acquired veteran catcher Martin Maldonado from the Chicago Cubs, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

As part of the deal, outfielder/second baseman Tony Kemp will be heading to the Cubs, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Chandler Rome.

Maldonado has posted a .217/.285/.349 slash line this season.

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